RENO, NV - "I'm just really glad to finally be home. These past few weeks have been tough and it's great to be back in Nevada," says SSgt. Arnold Schmidt.
Schmidt says the past year felt like an eternity. He was one of 325 Nevada Guard soldiers who returned from Aghanistan to a cheering crowd at the Nevada Air National Guard base on Sunday night.
"Just seeing my family, once I located them, I started to tear up. I just missed them all and they've been wonderful and very supportive of me," says Arnold Schmidt.
Arnold's two biggest supporters are his son Tai Shi and his wife Shi Ho who were extatic to finally see him again.
"My mind is completely blank. I'm overwhelmed with happiness," says Shi Ho Schmidt.
Obviously family is at the forefront of everyone's minds, but there are some things that these Nevada Guard members didn't think they'd miss so much that hit home after they got back to the states.
"The Nevada mountains is the probably the biggest thing I missed the most. The snow and just the clean beautiful air here," says Sgt. Jonathan Hart.
"Being able to walk up and talk to people that you see everyday," says PFC Angeliea Walker.
And one of the biggest blessings for Arnold and the rest of the 422nd Signal Battalion, every single soldier made it back safely.
"Here, you can take a lot for granted. Over there, everything matters," says Schmidt.